Armenian Cognac or brandy is famous throughout the world. Everyone knows that if in the bottle of brandy is written Armenia then the brandy couldn’t be bad.
According to the legends, the history of the Armenian Cognac goes back to the ancient times when Noah's Ark landed on Ararat mountain. They say Noy was the first man who planted a grapevine in the Ararat valley. Some sources claim that during the pagan period, Armenians had a custom of making chrism with sweet aroma from thousand plants, the taste of that chrism was the same as the cognac's taste.
Later, Pargev- a winemaker of King Trdat managed to distill alcohol from the chrism. About Armenian special drink mentioned even Greek famous historians in their recordings. According to their records, King Trdat with his retinue used to visit Greek King Neron, during one of his visits he took the strange alcoholic drink with him and treated the King. The King tasted the chrism, liked it very much.
History of Armenian Cognac
The history of Armenian brandy started in 1887 when Nerses Tairyan, very famous Armenian trader, founded the first Wine and Brandy Factory in Yerevan. Short after, he wasn’t able to handle the company, so he sold his factory to the Russian manufacturer Nikolay Shustov. After heading the company, Shushtov changed the company's name into "Shustov and sons.” Soon the factory showed the market the Armenian Brandy and reached success, especially in the Russian market.
In 1990 Shustov presented the brandy in Paris exhibition and recognized the best factory, winning Grand Prix.
In 1945, during the Yalta's conference, Winston Churchill first time tasted "Dvin" brandy and "fell in love" with this Armenian beverage. Years later, when Churchill was asked what his secret of longevity was, he answered: " Never be late for dinner, smoke Hawaiian cigar and drink Armenian cognac."
In the same place of the Nerses Tairyan factory is the Yerevan's Brandy Company․In 1921, the factory became the property of the country. In 1948 the Yerevan's wine factory was separated from the Yerevan's brandy. In 1998 the factory included in an international group of Pernod Ricard.
Armenian Cognac Ararat
Ararat cognac is still one of the leading brandies in Armenia. The extravagant taste of this cognac will make you remember it forever. You have the opportunity to visit the museum inside the brandy factory. Here you will be introduced to the legendary Armenian Cognac, its origin history, and secrets of making it. During the tour, you will see old barrels, the stages of brandy production and taste different brandies.
Armenian Brandy Factories
Proshyan’s Brandy factory
One of the famous Armenian cognac producing factory is the "Proshyan’s Brandy factory" founded in 1987, in Yerevan. The factory has highly developed technology and winemaking traditions. Due to professional experts, natural products’ high quality and developed technology the company reached international recognition. The most famous cognac is “Charents (30 years)” also cognacs such as “Shiraz,” “Ara Djan”(5 years old).
Noy Brandy Factory
Noy brandy factory situated in the Gorge of Hrazdan( in the same area of Yerevan Castle)- one of the picturesque view of Yerevan. The territory of the factory is large and divides into several parts: inner yard, museum, wine cellars, tasting rooms, and store.
You can book the excursion and learn about the history of factory and products, taste the presented cognacs and of course buy them from the store. By the way, Noy is considering to be the only factory in Armenia that produces not only traditional cognacs but also “Yerevan,” “Festive”, “Anniversary”, “Choice”, “Nairi” and many other famous products.
Ararat Brandy Factory
Who doesn’t know the Ararat Factory? Maybe this factory is the most famous one in Yerevan because this building proudly stands in the most visible place. Even though you aren’t interested in the cognac(it can happen), you need to go to the excursion: it is so beautiful and exciting. The factory area includes a garden with evergreen trees which in winter give the feeling of peace and warmth.
In the tasting room are presented different types of cognac with different ages․ There you will be offered to taste 3 three types of cognacs for a certain amount of money. But the most exciting place in this factory is the area where are being kept brandies more than 50 years old, but unfortunately, the room is not open for everyone.